Analysis of laminated composite beams and plates with piezoelectric patches using the element-free Galerkin method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-497
Journal / PublicationComputational Mechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


An efficient meshfree formulation based on the first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT) is presented for the static analysis of laminated composite beams and plates with integrated piezoelectric layers. This meshfree model is constructed based on the element-free Galerkin (EFG) method. The formulation is derived from the variational principle and the piezoelectric stiffness is taken into account in the model. In numerical test problems, bending control of piezoelectric bimorph beams was shown to have the efficiency and accuracy of the present EFG formulation for this class of problems. It is demonstrated that the different boundary conditions and applied actuate voltages affects the shape control of piezolaminated composite beams. The meshfree model is further extended to study the shape control of piezolaminated composite plates. From the investigation, it is found that actuator patches bonded on high strain regions are significant in deflection control of laminated composite plates.

Research Area(s)

  • Bending control, Element-free Galerkin method, First-order shear deformation theory, Laminated composite beams and plates, Piezoelectric actuator patches